Books


Review – Steal as Much as You Can by Nathalie Olah

4 July 2020 Anna Clayton reviews Natalie Olah's book, which explores how upper middle-class pop culture has affected British politics

Review – Abolish Silicon Valley by Wendy Liu

22 June 2020 Suchandrika Chakrabarti reviews Wendy Liu's proposals to reclaim technology's potential for the public good

Review – One Man’s Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA by Daniel Finn

17 June 2020 Connor Beaton reviews Daniel Finn's account of the politics and personalities which drove the IRA

'The Murder of Count Helfenstein' during the German Peasants' Revolt (Credit: WikiCommons)

It’s after the end of the world: inequality and doomsday

9 June 2020 As apocalypse rhetoric spreads during Covid-19, James Hendrix Elsey explores what 'the end of the world' really means under racialised capitalism – and what comes next

Gender, class and cliché in Normal People

26 May 2020 The BBC hit drama shows the complexities of class mobility, but can’t avoid class and gender stereotypes, says Frances Hatherley

Review – Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined by J J Bola

14 May 2020 Mask Off offers a toolbox of explanations and arguments to question and challenge toxic masculinity, writes Huw Lemmey

Solidarity with publishers: reading alone, together

31 March 2020 Radical publishing houses are under existential threat - just as people look for ways to fill their time. Siobhan McGuirk and K Biswas select lockdown reads from our favourite booksellers

Review – The Far Right Today by Cas Mudde

30 March 2020 The far right thrives on 'economic anxiety and cultural backlash' argues Dawn Foster in a review of Cas Mudde's latest book

Review essay – ‘Clear Bright Future’ and ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism’

17 December 2019 Two well-known voices on the British left, Paul Mason and Aaron Bastani, have outlined what they see as the revolutionary potential of technology. K. Biswas reviews their visions

Review – This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook

2 December 2019 Suki Ferguson reviews the XR guide to climate activism

Review – Decolonial Communism, Democracy and the Commons

22 November 2019 A collection of essays which could be a key resource for those seeking to create economic alternatives, edited by Catherine Samary and Fred Leplat. Reviewed by Derek Wall

Review – We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent

21 November 2019 A book that systematically unpicks the myths that are spread in order to preserve the status quo, written by Nesrine Malik. Reviewed by Leah Cowan

Review – Letters of Solidarity and Friendship: Czechoslovakia 1968-71

18 November 2019 Letters between Leslie Parker and Paul Zalud, edited by David Parker. Reviewed by Mary Kaldor

Review – Finding a Voice: Asian women in Britain

8 June 2019 Finding a Voice: Asian women in Britain, by Amrit Wilson, reviewed by Maya Goodfellow

Chav Solidarity

24 April 2019 Ewa Jasiewicz reviews the new book by D Hunter

Review: Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women

31 December 2018 Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women by Silvia Federici, reviewed by Jessica White

A master-work of graphic satire

22 December 2017 American Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley’s comic commentary on America, the US Jewish diaspora and Israel is nothing if not near the knuckle, Richard Kuper writes

Review: No Is Not Enough

6 October 2017 Samir Dathi reviews No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics, by Naomi Klein

Marx’s Capital at 150: an invitation to history

30 September 2017 Radhika Desai says Capital by Karl Marx is still an essential read on the 150th anniversary of its publication

A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour

2 August 2017 A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder, by Grace A Musila, reviewed by Allen Oarbrook

Everything you know about Ebola is wrong

31 July 2017 Vicky Crowcroft reviews Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic, by Paul Richards

Baldwin: Prophet of the Intersectional Oasis

7 April 2017 For the past 3 years, Barby Asante and members of London-based artists' collective, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, have been responding directly to the vision of James Baldwin. Ahead of the nationwide release of a new film about the American activist and author, they reflect on the enduring relevance of Baldwin in Britain today.

Utopia: Daring to dream

8 January 2017 Imagining a better world is the first step towards creating one. Ruth Potts introduces our special utopian issue

Podemos: In the Name of the People

21 December 2016 'The emergence as a potential party of government is testament both to the richness of Spanish radical culture and the inventiveness of activists such as Errejón' - Jacob Mukherjee reviews Errejón and Mouffe's latest release

Book Review: The EU: an Obituary

12 December 2016 Tim Holmes takes a look at John Gillingham's polemical history of the EU

Book Review: The End of Jewish Modernity

9 December 2016 Author Daniel Lazar reviews Enzo Traverso's The End of Jewish Modernity

Book review: Angry White People: Coming Face to Face With the British Far-Right

7 December 2016 Hilary Aked gets close up with the British far right in Hsiao-Hung Pai's latest release

Book Review: The Day the Music Died – a Memoir

5 December 2016 Sheila Rowbotham reviews the memoirs of BBC director and producer, Tony Garnett.

Power Games: A Political History

5 December 2016 Malcolm Maclean reviews Jules Boykoff's Power Games: A Political History

Book Review: Sex, Needs and Queer Culture: from liberation to the post-gay

3 December 2016 Aiming to re-evaluate the radicalism and efficacy of queer counterculture and rebellion - April Park takes us through David Alderson's new work.

Book Review: Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

2 December 2016 'In spite of the odds Corbyn is still standing' - Alex Doherty reviews Seymour's analysis of the rise of Corbyn

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

1 December 2016 'A small manifesto for black liberation through socialist revolution' - Graham Campbell reviews Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's 'From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation'

Book Review: Swimming with Sharks: My journey into the world of the bankers

10 November 2016 Jenny Nelson reviews Luyendiks analysis of the City – the ‘time bomb at the heart of our society’.

Book Review: My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency

8 November 2016 'A symptom of a deep sickness in the American political system’ - John Brissenden reviews Doug Henwood's take on the presidential nominee.

Increasing anti-semitism or disappearing Palestine?

16 October 2016 The left’s Jewish problem, Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and anti-semitism by Dave Rich, reviewed by Paul Kelemen

Book review: Place is the Passion by Bill Williamson

9 September 2016 Folk singer Leon Rosselson reviews a book to help ordinary people understand the Israel / Palestine conflict.

Hope Without Optimism

19 April 2016 Hope Without Optimism, by Terry Eagleton, reviewed by Michael Calderbank

Lean Out

12 April 2016 Lean Out, by Dawn Foster, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

The Egyptians by Jack Shenker

12 February 2016 Laleh Khalili reviews Jack Shenker's new book and finds it strikes an unexpectedly optimistic note about the after-echoes of the Egyptian uprisings

Weatherland

1 February 2016 Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies, by Alexandra Harris, reviewed by David Renton

Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg

1 February 2016 Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg, by Ben Stewart, reviewed by Jenny Nelson

The New Prophets of Capital

1 February 2016 The New Prophets of Capital, by Nicole Aschoff, reviewed by Finn Smith

Politics in a Time of Crisis

1 February 2016 Politics in a Time of Crisis, by Pablo Iglesias, reviewed by Tom Walker

Bahrain’s Uprising

1 December 2015 Bahrain’s Uprising: Resistance and repression in the Gulf, eds Ala’a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, reviewed by Kitty Webster

The Mythology of Work

1 December 2015 The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself, by Peter Fleming, reviewed by Kit Caless

Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism

1 December 2015 Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism, by Dimitrios Roussopoulos, reviewed by Mat Little

Encyclical on Capitalism and Inequality

1 December 2015 Encyclical on Capitalism and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home, by Pope Francis, reviewed by Charlotte Sykes

Inventing the Future

1 December 2015 Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a world without work, by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, reviewed by Daniel Whittall

Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason

20 October 2015 Hilary Wainwright reviews Paul Mason's latest book and questions how far information technology is leading us towards a post-capitalist economy

Octavia’s Brood

1 October 2015 Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, eds Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown, reviewed by Luke Wilson



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